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What to Expect

In order to make your OVC experience as enjoyable as possible please be aware of the following:


The Ontario Veterinary College


The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is dedicated to the advancement of veterinary and comparative medicine through teaching, research and service. As the oldest veterinary college in Canada and the United States, OVC has been educating veterinarians since 1862. The year 2012 marked our 150th anniversary! Our College's alumni span the globe, working in areas as diverse as clinical practice, food safety and ecosystem health.OVC Building Front Entrance

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History of OVC

OVC's Accreditation Process

OVC's Integrated Plan


Communication at OVC

Virtually all written communication at OVC will occur via e-mail. E-mail is considered to be the official means of communication in both the College and the University. In most cases, you will not get paper copies of any document unless they must have the original signature of the sender. It is your responsibility to read your e-mail on a regular basis and ensure that there is space in your inbox so that messages can reach you. The college is strict about this. Not receiving a message because you did not read your e-mail is not accepted as an excuse for being unaware of something you were supposed to do. The University will not send e-mail to non-University accounts (e.g. Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail) and forwarding your University account to a non-University account can cause problems, so please don't do it.

Accessing Your Account:

  1. Find your University of Guelph user ID and password
  2. Go to the following Gryph Mail website:
  3. Enter the information and click "login"  

Synchronizing Your Passwords: You also need to change your password at the following web page in order to synchronize all of your University of Guelph passwords: By synchronizing your password you will also be able to use computers in the OVC library.  Otherwise you will be unable to login to the library computers.


Professional Conduct

The OVC Health Sciences Centre (OVC HSC): You must, at all times, remember that the Large and Small Animal Clinics, and the Field Services, are part of the HSC and, as such, are governed by procedures that are common in human hospitals. You will be encouraged and directed to access the cases in the Teaching Hospital as appropriate as part of your education, but you must always adhere to the following policies. If you do not, your access privileges to the hospital may be suspended, except as needed for course work.

Dress and Deportment: While in all clinical areas, including the Field Service vehicles, you will at all times wear appropriate clean, protective clothing (lab coat or coveralls) and appropriate footwear (approved safety shoes in Large Animal Wards, closed shoes in Small Animal Wards), and your nametag. If you are not wearing the appropriate clothing and your nametag, you will be told to leave the clinical area immediately. Regulation coveralls, lab coats and scrubs must be blue and must have your name embroidered or as a name patch and your year of graduation. The only exception to the blue coloured clothing is the short white lab coats that will be worn by Phase 4 students on clinics.  In pathology laboratories, you will wear clean protective clothing, appropriate footwear (safety shoes for large animal work) and your nametag. You will also be required to wear safety spectacles in some laboratories. You will be informed of any other specific requirements as the year progresses.

Please note that protective clothing should not be worn in the cafeteria.

Confidentiality of Patient Information: You will, without exception, treat the information that you read, view and hear that is related to our patients' medical records as confidential. This means that you will not discuss the case in any identifiable way with anyone who does not have an immediate clinical interest in the case. You must remember that, even if you do not use an animal's or owner's name, patients can sometimes be easily identified (e.g. "I saw one of the Olympic Team horses at OVC today"). You are not to take or post photos of teaching or patient animals.

Access to Clinical Areas and Animals: Respect the work of the faculty, staff and other student veterinarians in the OVC HSC and do not interfere deliberately or accidentally with the procedures and treatments being carried out. Be alert for any signs restricting access to an area and do not enter these areas. An area that may have been previously accessible may now not be, due to the presence of an infectious disease or other reasons.

Do not, under any circumstances, open the stall or cage of any patient in the OVC HSC unless you have been specifically instructed to do so by an instructor because the animal is being used in a laboratory or demonstration, or you have received specific permission by a member of the medical team (faculty member/staff veterinarian/resident/intern/fourth year student veterinarian) in charge of the case. When in doubt, ask first.

Use of Animals: Live animals may be used for teaching purposes in some courses in the DVM program and this must be accepted by students admitted to the program. All animals are protected by the Animals for Research Act of Ontario (1980), the Guidelines for the Care and Use of Experimental Animals (Canadian Council on Animal Care) and the Animal Care Policies of the University of Guelph.

Rabies Immunization: A condition of admission to the DVM program is agreement to a rabies immunization program which includes blood titre evaluation. Exemption from this condition may be granted in exceptional circumstances, but the student concerned must sign a release absolving the University of further liability. Rabies immunization clinics for DVM students will be held at Student Health Services in September, by appointment only (please see the Orientation Schedule). More information will be given during Orientation.

University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is renowned for its commitment to placing students first, research intensity, collaboration with world-class partners, distance education opportunities and international outreach.

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